June 10th, 2010

Test Garden Update: Leslie Doyle, Las Vegas, NV

leslie_d_tnI am just getting most of my summer garden planted, late. My little plants are looking pretty good now that they have some garden soil to grow in—they were looking unhappy in the 6-packs. I had to wait for the end of the spring gale-force winds that never seemed to blow out. 
 
110 degrees here this week, and that is in the shade. In the garden it’s about 135 degrees over the granite pathways next to the raised beds—and too hot to do anything outside. My poor chickens have dug holes in the soil to sit in and they are panting with their little beaks wide open. There is no sound coming out, but they look like they are screaming. I weed and plant after 10 pm and before 7 am when it cools to 80 – 90F.
 
I’ll post pix when the plants are photographable. The ones I just transplanted over the weekend are less than a couple of inches tall, but in this heat they will probably be 2 feet tall next week! I hope our ‘Pinot Noir’ peppers do as well as the ‘Islander’ peppers we tested a while back. I love the look of lilac and purple-colored peppers.

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